Transfer Files from Galaxy S4's Internal Memory to a Micro Sd Card

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Samsung Galaxy S4 has a generous amount of storage. With at least 16GB, about 9GB usable, of internal memory, you will have a lot of space available for your multi-media files, applications and other data. With continuous use, you will soon notice that you will run out of space on your Galaxy S4. This happens because your photos accumulate, videos pile up and applications and their cache are increasing. Good thing that your device also supports an external memory card up to 64GB. This means more space for your files and other important files. Follow the procedures below to learn how to transfer files from your Galaxy S4's internal memory to your microSD card.

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Transfer files from Galaxy S4's internal memory to an external memory

To transfer images, videos, music, and other files from your S4's internal memory to your micro-SD card, follow the procedure below:

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    Go to your Galaxy S4's Home screen by tapping on the Home key once.
    You can also tap on the Back key for a few times until you will be taken to your phone's home screen.
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    Tap on the Application icon located on the lower-right part of your Favorites bar.
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    Tap on "My Files" on the application list.
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    Choose and tap on the type of file that you want to transfer.
    You can choose "All files" to open your phone's internal and external memory, or choose "Images", "Videos", or "Music" by tapping on the appropriate options. You can also opt to view all documents by tapping on "Documents". For this article, tap on "Images" to choose the image files (pictures) that you want to move to your memory card.
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    Select the folders that you want to transfer.
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    You can also manually select the files that you want to transfer.
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    Tap on the "More actions" icon on the upper right part of your phone's screen.
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    From the list of options, tap on "Move".
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    From available storage types, tap on "SD memory card".
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    Choose the location where you want to move the selected multi-media files and tap on "Move here".
    Keep in mind that videos and pictures normally go into the DCIM/Camera folder.
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    You will now see that the selected files has been transferred to the desired location on the SD card.
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Move applications from Galaxy S4's internal memory to an external memory

Some application on your Galaxy S4 can be moved from your phone's internal memory to your micro-SD card. This will free more space on your phone for other important data. To move applications from your phone's memory to an external memory, follow these:

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    Go to your Galaxy S4's Home screen by tapping on the Home key once.
    You can also tap on the Back key for a few times until you will be taken to your phone's home screen.
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    Tap on the Menu key located on the lower-left part of your phone to view available Home screen options.
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    From the list of options, tap on "Settings".
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    From Settings, tap on "More" tab to view more available options.
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    Once on More tab, tap on the Application Manager.
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    On the Application Manager page, tap on the "Downloaded" tab to view all applications downloaded and installed on your phone.
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    Locate the application that you want to move to the memory card.
    For this example, we will be locating Puo and tapping on it to view application options.
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    From the App info page, tap on "Move to SD card" to start moving the application to the memory card.
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    Application will now commence movement from the internal memory to an external memory.
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    Upon completion of process, the button will be changed to "Move device to storage".
    This is an indicator that application transfer is successful.
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    You can verify that Puo is not anymore on the "Download tab".
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    You can also see that it has been moved to the "SD card" tab.
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Questions and Answers

I have a broken Galaxy S4. I can't see the screen. I need to transfer my contacts and pictures from internal storage (not stored on SD card and no Google account) to new my S4 phone?

If the phone still turns on (you can feel vibrations and hear sounds), then download Samsung Kies to your computer and plug the broken S4 in. After you've transferred your photos and contacts from the old phone to Kies, plug your new phone into your computer and you'll be able to transfer your files.

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S4 suddenly stopped charging and stopped recognizing charger?

So up till 15 min ago, my 10 month old un-rooted not damaged Samsung S4 was working fine. Then as I connected it to the charger because the battery was low, it stopped recognizing the charger and would not charge, I checked it on several USB chargers and wall mount traditional ones and my PC but it just would not recognize. Then a message appeared saying "dock connected" and then it disappeared and a new message came "HDMI connected" that's when I switched it off to restart it.

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Suddenly, the screen went black and an Android man popped up saying Downloading Do Not Turn Off Target. I waited a few minutes and then did a battery pull and its not been charging since and the Dock and HDMI messages keep repeating!

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What should I do!

This is some serious problem, as the phone started to register inputs that are not occurring: HDMI port, USB, the volume buttons, and the power button seem to register something that does not happen to them. You can pull the battery out for 10 minutes, put it back, and attempt the phone recovery, which may cause data loss. To enter the recovery mode, press and hold the volume-up, home, and power buttons simultaneously. If you see the recovery menu, release the buttons. Select "wipe data/factory reset". Use the volume buttons to highlight items, and then use the power button to select them. Confirm your selection with "Yes -- delete all user data" and "reboot system now". If you cannot reach the recovery menu or your phone still acts the same, then you will need to bring your S4 to a Samsung service center.

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How do I move applications to my microSD card on a Galaxy 3?

My phone charger connection doesn't work and I'm attempting to back up my files and applications to my SD card before resetting phone to factory settings and mailing to company to receive my new phone

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Moving your apps to the SD card can be very helpful. This is because your phone storage will be freed up, and as a result your Galaxy S3 will work faster. In your case, while hard resetting your device, you don't need to worry as much about losing your apps.

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You can move your apps to the external SD card by following the steps below on your phone:

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    On your home screen, tap on the 'Apps' icon.
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    Go to 'Settings'.
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    Tap on the 'More…' tab, on the top right side of your phone screen.
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    Touch the 'Application manager' option, under the 'System manager' section.
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    Now from the applications list, tap on the app you want to move.
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    On the app page, touch the 'Move to SD card' option.
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    This app is now moved to your SD card.
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    The procedure for other apps is same.
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You can learn more about managing your phone storage by reading the main guide. You can get there by clicking on the title of this Q&A page, or the link below the article summary.

If you need help hard resetting your phone, let us know in the Q&A section below.

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S4 Samsung Galaxy won't turn on after attempting to fix screen?

LCD won't light up either, the phone itself works, but I think the digitizer broke too. There is a yellow light up for a second then when you try to use the power button. Do I have to replace the digitizer and LCD now?

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Photos on SD card not visible in gallery?

I moved a lot of photos from my phones memory to the microSD and I could still view them in my gallery. Then I unmounted the SD and re installed it but now I can't see any of my photos in the gallery. I've been into my files and can see them on the card but want to see them in my gallery again. How can I do this?

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It is a bug in the system when Media Storage is not scanning your card. To fix it, please back up your microSD card by copying all of the contents onto your computer first. After you have performed this, try the method below:

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    Tap on the menu button.
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    Tap on "Settings" in the pop-up menu.
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    Tap on "More".
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    Tap on Application Manager.
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    Swipe left or right to "All".
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    Scroll down and tap on "Media Storage".
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    Tap on "Clear cache".
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    Tap on "Clear data".
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    Confirm the action by tapping on "OK".
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    Tap on "Clear defaults".
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    Tap on "Force stop".
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    Reboot the device.
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    Go to "Media Storage" again.
    You can do it by tapping on the menu button > "Settings" > "More" > "Application Manager" > "All".
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    (Optional) tap on "Enable" in "Media Storage" if the button shows "Enable".
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    Wait for 10 minutes.
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If this does not help, then you might need to hard-reset your device.

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Hello, I need help transferring things on my SD card to another SD card?

How to transfer things from one SD card to another SD card

The easiest method involves your computer having an SD card reader. You may need an SD card adapter in order to fit your SD cards into one of the slots of the card reader.

Then, open File Explorer/My Computer (PC) or Finder (Mac), create a new folder, and copy all of the contents of the SD card into the folder. Then, unmount the SD card from the card reader and insert a new empty card (with an adapter, if necessary). Format it if needed and move or copy the files from the folder on your computer onto the new SD card.

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I have bought a Galaxy S5 without SIM?

I wish to transfer all my data and apps from my current S4 to the S5. I have an SD card in my S4. Can I simply move everything on the S4 to the SD card and then plug the SD card and S4 SIM into the s5e? Give a detailed answer.l

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If I root my S4, will I be able to transfer some of the apps (which are grayed out) and what app do you recommend?

I have a Samsung S4 and I bought an external SD card and followed your link to transfer apps and data. Just wanted to know if there is a good app for doing this

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Which location to move all files to SD card?

I just got a Galaxy S7 and no apps available yet to transfer all my data. I had an 8gig SD card in my Galaxy S4. When they put all the files on that SD card a lot wasn't transferred. Thought I could put my new 32 gig from my Galaxy S7 into my S4 and move all files to that one. I am at the last step and don't know what to choose DCIM, Android or LOST.DIR??? to hopefully get all my pictures and music on my new S7

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I cannot find the folder with my music in the My Files application?

I go to the My Files app as directed but when I press on the music tab I can't find my music inside. Instead I find over 30 folders with different names of all the random applications I have on my phone such as Facebook, Kik, Yik Yak. I am unable to transfer my music from the internal storage to the SD card due to this problem.

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Can I save my files even with a broken LCD?

Today I dropped my phone and the screen cracked. Its completely unresponsive now although the phone still turns on. I'm positive the LCD is broken because the image is ruined. Anyway I plan on just getting a new phone instead of getting it repaired but I wasn't sure if there was any possible way for me to somehow transfer my music and photos somewhere else before replacing the phone. Is there anything I can do to successfully keep my beloved pictures and music even though I can't go to my settings because my screen is ruined? Should I just opt to get it fixed so that I can keep them?. I have tried: I tried plugging the phone into my computer via USB, but it does nothing because the screen is broken. In the top right corner of the phone I can see that its on my lock screen. (Phone doesn't have a lock on it, all I need to do is slide finger across.) Once again the screen is unresponsive and when I try to slide to unlock it the image on the screen shifts and sort of has a tremor but that's about it.. I think it was caused by: I dropped the phone and broke the screen.

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I'm trying to switch all my data from a Galaxy S4 mini to a Galaxy S4 Active, the mini won't charge anymore?

The mini won't charge anymore, just need as many apps and data as possible to transfer over

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Can you please help me on how to disable the apps that forwarded my phone calls and SMS to a different person?

My phone calls and text messages are forwarded to my friend. Is it possible? I mean is there really an app that can do that?

This is possible. It is most likely that there is a spy application that is hidden from sight, and the best solution to get rid of spy applications is to hard-reset your phone. This means that all of the data will be erased except for the SD card data. To proceed, remove your SD card from the phone.

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Turn the phone off by pressing and holding the power button. Wait until it's off. Press and hold the volume up and the home buttons, Then, without releasing thee buttons, press and hold the power button as well. Release these three buttons when you can see "Recovery mode" on the screen. Navigate the menu items by pressing the volume up and volume down buttons. Use the power button to select items. You need to select "wipe data factory reset", confirm the action, and reboot the device.

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This is the most complete method to eradicate viruses or spyware software on your phone.

I'm trying to recover some device memory?

I have photos in "Gallery" on my S4. I'm assuming (always dangerous) that they are stored in the device memory. I have an SD card installed but can't find where the aforementioned photos/images are stored to move them.

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I just want to have it set up in a way that I don't have to do it every time?

Meaning , that every time that I take a picture it will send it automatically to my memory card

You can do that if you are using the native Camera application. Other third-party applications may or may not allow this. The steps on how to do that are below.

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    Open the Camera application.
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    Press the menu button.
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    Tap on "Settings" in the pop-up menu.
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    Tap on the gear-shaped settings icon.
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    Tap on "Storage".
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    Tap on "Memory Card".
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Do you know a way which works on the system program called MIUI?

There doesn't seem to be an option to "move" to another location, and also can you help me with music? I moved music onto my microSD card but my phone can't detect it.

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Hi; I followed the onscreen directions and it worked perfectly, first time! This is a novel experience for me. Many, many thanks

See above and once again, many thanks

You are most welcome! Please be sure to take a look at our other VisiHow articles!

How come when I click images, the only folder I can see is "Facebook"? I have multiple albums aside from my Facebook photos?

I follow the tutorial, my files>images> where my only option is the Facebook folder (AKA local storage>device storage>DCIM). How come I don't have the ability to move all the rest of my photos that are not within the Facebook folder, thank you

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How can I connect my J7 to a computer?

Every time I connect my J7 to my laptop my laptop does not recognize my phone

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I know how to do this already?

I don't need any help at the moment. Thank you for the offer though. I have tried: Everything. I think it was caused by: Nothing

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I know how to do this already?

I don't need any help at the moment. Thank you for the offer though. I have tried: Everything. I think it was caused by: Nothing

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